When I got to Casma, everyone told me I had to visit Tortugas, the beach, and Sechin, the ancient ruins. Both are just outside of town.
On my first weekend I visited Tortugas. It was small, as expected, but there was no sand! It just seems unjust that a place surrounded by desert has no sand on its beach. Hmm..
Still, I spent a few hours there getting to know this village.
Friendship Park – The Only Green Part Of Tortugas
I quickly found the only green part of Tortugas – Parque de Amistad/Friendship Park. It sticks out and I met the guy tending to it. It’s a park, but it’s really just a garden in front of his house that he’s pouring his love and passion into.
As part of Tourism Week for Casma, a beauty queen was crowned for the event. The media was there covering the festivities. Below is the media, the queen, and a video of a local school band playing some music.
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Yes, Tortugas is surrounded by the desert. Maybe it’s because I lived in the Persian Gulf, but I really do find the desert beautiful. Below some pictures, including one sad one showing a dumping ground for glass garbagein the desert.
The Beach And Town
Otherwise, Tortugas was a beautiful cove placed among the mountains and desert. It’s not the best place in the world to swim and lay out, but it’s beautiful in its own way.